Opinion and Commentary

Samonte: Why November is unique month in PH history

November, one of the four months of the year with 30 days, along with April, June and September, can be considered unique. It is the only month that begins with a number in red, being a legal holiday, and ends with another number also in red.In Philippine tradition, Nov. 1 is observed as "All... Read More

Lauengco: The logic of organic

Abandon Normal Instruments – there are times when we must change the way we do things when they do not help us achieve our goals. If these supposed tried and tested methods harm us as well , this change must be done immediately…In life we must sometimes discover the recipes we use and... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Balancing business and consumer welfare this Christmas

The fourth quarter of the year is what most Filipinos usually look forward to especially since the Philippines has the longest Christmas season, the most important holiday to many Filipinos.However, what we anticipate as a joyful Christmas will hopefully not be a bleak one, following the destruction... Read More

Laurel: China: Beacon of peace in the tumult

“The world is entering a decade of tumult as the pursuit of a more just world order clashes with the arbitrary hegemony of the collective West...” Russian President Vladimir Putin is quoted to say at the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club held from Oct. 24 to 27, 2022 in... Read More

Samonte: PBBM-VPSZDU30 Team: A nice choice by Filipino voters

When Filipino voters elected with an overwhelming majority the tandem of President Bongbong Marcos (PBBM), and Vice President Sara Z. Duterte (VPSZDU30) last May, they deserved an accolade for having opted for the nicest, if not the best, combination of the country's top two officials in terms of... Read More

Lauengco: ‘Chaos’ can sometimes be useful, necessary

Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit. – Henry AdamsChaos is often defined as something that produces disorder and confusion. It is generally perceived as a negative state of things and something to be avoided.FEAR OF CHAOSRecently, I gave a lecture to some local government middle... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Powering adoption of electric vehicles

Just when mobility began increasing as the country recovers from Covid-19, the war between Ukraine and Russia -- two of the world’s largest oil producers, sent economies tumbling after the massive increases in global crude oil prices that dribbled down to the local fuel industry. Based on... Read More

Laurel: 20th Party Congress: National and Global Peace and Prosperity

The final takeaway from the Communist Party of China (CPC) 20th National Congress is the promise of China’s achievement of its own high-quality modernization and development, national strength against the many challenges being interposed on its path to National Rejuvenation, and the invitation... Read More

Lauengco: Beyond the Z to Indonesia

“In the places I go there are things that I see that I never could spell if I stopped with a Z. I'm telling you this because you're one of my friends. My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends.” – Dr. SeussIn the book “On Beyond Zebra!” by Dr. Seuss, one of the main... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Importance of financial literacy amidst digital growth

The pandemic may have brought a negative impact on global health and economies, but it also presented opportunities to some -- such as for businesses to rethink their strategies, and for customers and employees to embrace a new method of engagement.At the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020,... Read More

Laurel: China tops 2022 Democracy Index

As I start this article, the feverish preparation in China for the Communist Party of China (CPC) must be settling down as the opening of the congress itself slated for Oct. 16 is imminent in less than 24 hours.The world is in suspenseful anticipation after a whole year of speculation, especially by... Read More

Samonte: Expectations in remaining 5 years, 9 months of PBBM's admin

Is there a bright hope for the Philippines to become self-sufficient in food and even become an agricultural resource hub in the Asian region and the whole world as envisioned by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. during his six-year administration?Barring unnecessary political noise and other... Read More

Lauengco: Both sides now

Dialectical thinking refers to the ability to view issues from multiple perspectives and to arrive at the most economical and reasonable reconciliation of seemingly contradictory information and postures.One of my favorite songs is “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchel. One of its famous... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Infrastructure to power PH growth

In his speech at the President’s Night conducted by the Manila Overseas Press Club at the Sofitel Plaza last week, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. emphasized the need to sustain and expand the country’s infrastructure program as a means to support growth for the now-recovering Philippine... Read More

Laurel: China ends false accusations with victory in UNHRC Xinjiang vote

The 47-member UN Human Rights Council, which is elected yearly by majority of members of the UN General Assembly, voted against holding a debate on alleged abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. This is a major setback for the Western powers’ campaign to besmirch and destabilize... Read More

Samonte: How QC's growth benefits Novaliches & vice versa

In anticipation of the celebration of the 83rd Foundation Day of Quezon City on Oct. 12, I have done a little recollection and research about the country's erstwhile capital from 1948 to 1976.I was very much amazed and impressed with what I found and learned. For instance, when it was created as a... Read More

Lauengco: No to quick fixes

Incremental gradations -- a methodical and steady approachThis week, I had a fruitful conversation over lunch with my mentor. As always, I came home with several insights into what is happening around us. One of the things we discussed lengthily was our society’s seeming preoccupation with the... Read More

Zaldarriaga: Solar as backup to power recovery from disasters, emergencies

The landfall of Super Typhoon Karding became one of this year’s biggest challenges to the country and the economy, having damaged billions worth of crops and claiming the lives of several people. As of this posting, the damages and losses by Typhoon Karding is pegged at PHP3.12 billion,... Read More

Laurel: For PBBM's consideration: Xi's Security and Dev't Initiatives

The Doomsday Clock is today, Oct. 3, 2022 still set at 100 seconds to midnight. It should be readjusted to 50 seconds to midnight after the alleged sabotage of Nord Stream 1 and 2 discovered last Sept. 28, 2022. I blame the US because it answers the question "cui bono" or who benefits. Now, Germany... Read More

Pattugalan: Global Media Congress: Shaping the Future of the Media Industry

Aptly themed “Shaping the Future of the Media Industry," this year’s Global Media Congress will be held in Abu Dhabi from Nov. 15 to 17, 2022.The international event, organized by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and the Emirates News Agency (WAM), one of the partner... Read More